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Designed for the professional programmer, the book is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. It also includes detailed information on the Python library and many advanced subjects that is not available in either the official Python documentation or any other single reference source.
Thoroughly updated to reflect the significant new programming language features and library modules that have been introduced in Python 2.6 and Python 3, the fourth edition ofPython Essential Referenceis the definitive guide for programmers who need to modernize existing Python code or who are planning an eventual migration to Python 3. Programmers starting a new Python project will find detailed coverage of contemporary Python programming idioms.
This fourth edition ofPython Essential Referencefeatures numerous improvements, additions, and updates:
David M. Beazley has been programming Python since 1996. While working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he helped pioneer the use of Python with scientific computing software. Through his company, Dabeaz LLC, he provides software development, training, and consulting related to the practical use of dynamic programming languages such as Python, Ruby, and Perl, especially in systems programming. He is author of all previous editions of Python Essential Reference, and was contributing author of Steve Holden’s Python Web Programming. He is a member of the Python Software Foundation.
Although it contains a lot of information, the organization of the material and the very dense and monotone presentation without clearly placed examples, typesetting variation or... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Theoharis Tsenoglou
Great reference. Starting to get dated though, but still one of the best Python reference books out there. If the author would write a well updated 5th edition and I would buy it.Published 1 month ago by Dale Herrington
Usuable for professionals. In-depth discussion and examples that most any beginner or expert programmer would be looking for, won't be found here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas & Marlene Whalen
Probably the best book available on the subject. Has great technical detail, and is conspicuously absent of tedious beginner examples.Published 4 months ago by Gene Olson
I'm a newbie to Python, and I like it because it is reminded me of BASIC: simple to use with lots of power. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Peter
The more Python scripts I write, the more I like this book. It's dense, which means you don't have to read a lot of fluff in order to find what you want. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John F. Hubbard
Great book for someone learning Python as a second (or third, fourth, fifth, etc.) language.Published 11 months ago by H. Render